We are one of the youngest teams in the NHL and our prospect cupboards are overflowing. We have 5 other picks in the first three rounds. We're close to the 50 contract maximum. Trading that pick will have no negative impact on the team even if Halpern doesn't contribute much. It was worth the gamble.
If the Kings had gotten Modin for a third and Halpern for Purcell, it would have worked out just the same and I doubt anyone would be complaining right now.
He has definitely been a disappointment so far though I'm surprised to see him benched so soon. I guess that's the bullet we have to bite now that our team is deeper, we no longer have players like Purcell or Harrold in the lineup who we can scratch in favor of Ivanans and not think twice about it.
Too bad though, a Clune-Stoll-Halpern line looked somewhat useful on paper. Now Stoll will basically be babysitting Ivanans.
I'm not going to contest that you have to trade something to get something, and I still think we needed a guy like Halpern for this playoff run.
I do however have a problem with people's position on the prospect cupboard overflowing and this concept of "extra" picks. Picks and prospects all have some value attached to them. To say that a pick is "extra" and also infer that a 3rd round pick has little value to the Kings is shortsighted. A 3rd round pick or a marginal prospect can move you up in the draft to get the player you want. Bundle together a few 3rd rounders a 2nd and you move up a few more spots. A few 3rds, a 2nd and your 1st and you move up even more spots.
This team is by no means complete and the prospect pool, while strong, is still sorely lacking in some areas. The Kings will still need those picks and/or the value that is attached to them to make this team a perennial contender.
The upcoming draft will be in LA. I expect DL to be active and looking to make an impact through trading up. He will need all of his available picks to make something happen.
Good. Dude needs to wake up. We're in the middle of the stretch run and we can't afford to have a weak link in the lineup. I know he is a veteran and all but even vets need a little wake up call once in a while. Hopefully this gets him going.